Generation X witnessed one of the most progressive evolutions in home entertainment over the past few decades. Some of the milestones experienced by this generational cohort included the introduction of cable and satellite television, video game consoles, pay per view and on-demand television, and the rise of the Internet and streaming video services. While Generation X has seen some of the widest scopes of changes in technology and home entertainment, viewing live TV is still important to them.
High-speed internet is no longer considered a luxury. Instead, it has become a standard and necessity that continues to evolve both in terms of capacity and capability. As the use and adoption of broadband internet increases, new developments have emerged, such as localized community broadband initiatives, faster technology, and plans for reinventing and expanding existing technology.
From Elon Musk’s plans to launch a global satellite-based internet network to rural communities building broadband networks, the evolution of high-speed internet is being driven by social needs.
Public Wi-Fi networks are everywhere, making it convenient to go online when you’re away from home or traveling. From coffee shops and fast food restaurants to hotels and schools, public Wi-Fi networks are prevalent and easily accessible. Even though they offer quick convenience, they can present multiple security and privacy concerns.
A lack of access to broadband internet service is perceived as a major problem among twenty-four percent of rural adults, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. An additional thirty-four percent of surveyed rural adults perceive the lack of high-speed internet to be a minor problem. Federal and state funding is in place to help close the gap, but only fifty-eight percent of rural residents currently have active subscriptions to broadband internet, according to the Pew Research Center. Nearly twenty-two percent of those living in rural communities do not go online for any reason.
The devices people use to stream movies, television shows, and videos is shifting away from larger television screens to smaller smartphone displays. Consumer research groups estimate that consumers will watch up to half of all television and on-demand content on mobile devices by 2020.
Senior citizen population percentages are beginning to increase in rural communities, according to studies by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. By comparison, the percentage of seniors living in rural areas surpasses the percentages in urban and suburban communities.
Rural seniors can face unique challenges that come from living independently in areas without the same resources as suburbs and major cities.
Did you know you can turn your smartphone into a mobile hotspot? A hotspot allows you to connect a laptop or tablet to the internet when you’re away from home or not close to a location with Wi-Fi service. Once you enable a mobile hotspot on a smartphone, it uses the cellular network to send out a Wi-Fi signal so other devices can connect.